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Students receive Army ROTC scholarships

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College received Army ROTC scholarships during a contracting ceremony at Penn College. The three-year scholarships (one cadet received a two-year scholarship) include tuition, a monthly stipend and books. From left are Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Master Sgt. Steven Kowatch, military science instructor; Penn College cadets Trent D. Martin, of Ephrata, Kurt M. Maly, of Effort, Brandon J. Knauff, of Ellicott City, Md., Kyle P. Amon, of Lafayette Hill, and Aleah M. Emlet, of Altoona; Lycoming College cadet Erika C. Boyer, of East Greenville; and Lt. Col. Jonathon Britton, professor of military science. Penn College’s Army ROTC program is part of Bald Eagle Battalion, headquartered at Lock Haven University. Other members are Lycoming College and Mansfield University.

The dedication of six Army ROTC cadets has been recognized with scholarships covering the cost of college tuition.

Five cadets from Pennsylvania College of Technology and one from Lycoming College were bestowed Army ROTC scholarships during a recent contracting ceremony at Penn College. In addition to paying for tuition, the scholarships provide a monthly stipend and book allowance.

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Corporate Relations Sports Students

Penn College unveils UPMC Field

A synthetic turf field, featured in a four-minute video on Penn College’s YouTube channel, highlights Penn College’s enhanced athletic complex, which now includes an entranceway, press box and scoreboard. The additions were made possible through the support of longtime corporate supporters: UPMC Susquehanna, M&T Bank, PepsiCo and Susquehanna Trailways. UPMC Field is home to Penn College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and, come 2021, the men’s lacrosse intercollegiate program. “It’s amazing. It’s a whole experience just to look at it,” says midfielder Megan A. Bugbee, of Geneseo, New York, enrolled in building science and sustainable design: architectural technology concentration. “Definitely a step up from our old field. And playing on turf is always a fun experience.” Defender Gabriel McKeon, an automotive restoration technology student from Williamsport, adds: “The slicker playing surface, everything is flat and level. There is no skipping with the ball, which not only produces better opportunities, but more beautiful soccer, which is something I personally enjoy.” The Wildcats are members of NCAA Division III and the Northeastern Athletic Conference.

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Sports Students

Pinwheels spin tale of hope, advocacy

This pinwheel outside Madigan Library is one of many placed by student-athletes to spark a necessary conversation.
This pinwheel outside Madigan Library is one of many placed by student-athletes to spark a necessary conversation.
Informative publications, available through a Bush Campus Center display, call attention to college resources.
Informative publications, available through a Bush Campus Center display, call attention to college resources.

Penn College Wildcats, along with other student-athletes throughout the North Eastern Athletic Conference, helped promote Thursday’s World Mental Health Day by destigmatizing issues surrounding personal well-being and calling attention to suicide prevention and other support resources. Student Athlete Advisory Committee members throughout the conference placed green pinwheels at their respective colleges, and – with the help of an information table facilitated by Community Peer Educators – engaged their classmates to create greater awareness.

Admissions Alumni Events Faculty & Staff Students

Join ‘tomorrow makers’ at Penn College’s Oct. 27 Open House

The Madigan Library (left) and Bush Campus Center near the main entrance of Pennsylvania College of Technology will be open for campus visitors along with cutting-edge labs and classrooms for more than 100 academic program areas during an Open House on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s rich history of turning today’s eager learners into the highly skilled workforce of tomorrow will be on ample display during an Oct. 27 Open House.

The college will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for prospective students and their families to delve into scores of bachelor’s, associate and certificate programs. Buses will conveniently traverse main campus throughout the day, and shuttles will regularly carry guests to and from the Schneebeli Earth Science and Lumley Aviation centers.

“Our students learn by doing, and our Open House is no different. Guests will get a taste of the student experience by exploring labs and participating in hands-on activities,” said Jen M. Cullin-Hetrick, coordinator of admissions events and communications. “Connecting with faculty, staff, students and alumni provides ample opportunity for prospective students to have their questions answered and to discover their path at Penn College.”

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College Transitions Dining Services Events Faculty & Staff Students

The world at your fingertips

Trio Los Claveles, from Rochester, N.Y., entertains dinner patrons.
Trio Los Claveles, from Rochester, N.Y., entertains dinner patrons.
Students line up for tasty dishes "from the kitchen."
Students line up for tasty dishes “from the kitchen.”
Naim N. Jabour, assistant professor of architecture, stands ready to discuss an upcoming trip to Spain.
Naim N. Jabour, assistant professor of architecture, stands ready to discuss an upcoming trip to Spain.
Penn College offers a growing number of study abroad programs, from short-term stays to semesterlong adventures and internships.
Penn College offers a growing number of study abroad programs, from short-term stays to semesterlong adventures and internships.

Students this week took note of Penn College’s place in the global community, from cultural celebration to international study. Tuesday’s Hispanic Heritage Dinner, a collaboration of Student Engagement and Dining Services in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), filled Capitol Eatery with authentic cuisine and live music. On Wednesday, in a Global Experiences Expo facilitated by College Transitions & First Year Initiatives, faculty and students who have traveled abroad answered questions outside the Keystone Dining Room about their experiences.
Photos by Juvy A. Orillaza, student photographer

Admissions Automated Manufacturing & Machining Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies President Scholarships

Partnership extends scholarship support to ‘YES’ program grads

A partnership between Pennsylvania College of Technology and the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council is creating a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates who enroll at the college. Administered by the council, YES is a year-round elective course addressing the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants. Celebrating the partnership recently are (from left) Carolyn R. Strickland, vice president for enrollment management/associate provost at Penn College; Courtney L. Fasnacht, executive director of the Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council; NEPA MAEC President Darlene J. Robbins; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour; Matt Shuey, communications and program director for the council; and Audriana L. Empet, the college’s director of admissions.

The Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Council and Pennsylvania College of Technology have announced a partnership and a scholarship opportunity for YES (Your Employability Skills) Northeast Program graduates.

YES, which is administered by the council, is a 120-hour, one-credit, year-round elective course that addresses the shortfall of basic skills that employers say are lacking in many job applicants.  The course covers 38 modules in all, including communication, team building, interview/resume/cover letter writing, completing a job application, personal finance, conflict resolution, and time management.

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Baking, Pastry & Culinary Arts Business & Hospitality Business & Hospitality Management Faculty & Staff Students

Club’s ‘culture of service’ provides hurricane relief

Stevie A. Petrison, of Landenberg, and Victoria A. Sosar, of Berwick, celebrate their handiwork as it heats in the baking lab’s new, industry-standard Revent ONE26 Rotating Rack Oven. Both students are in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

The Penn College Business Club recently made and sold 100 apple dumplings to benefit survivors of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas.

The hurricane struck the island nation on Sept. 1, leaving 70,000 people in need of immediate humanitarian relief after high winds and waves combined to destroy homes and infrastructure.

The idea for the fundraiser came from conversations with the club’s advisers about the devastation experienced by Bahamas residents. The advisers suggested the club raise funds. The club’s members quickly agreed.

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Announcements Faculty & Staff Students

Flu shots still available at College Health Services

College Health Services is providing flu shots for staff, faculty, retirees, students, spouses and dependents (age 9 years and older) in Room 150 of the Bush Campus Center while supplies last. No appointment required; just walk in between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. The cost of the flu vaccine is $20. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check (made payable to Penn College), Health Savings Accounts or credit card. The only medical reason why someone should not receive the flu vaccine is an allergy to eggs, neomycin or polymixin, or having had a previous life-threatening reaction to an influenza vaccine.

General Information Workforce Development

Fall course designed for entry-level phlebotomists

A Clinical Phlebotomy course will be offered this fall in the Klump Academic Center on Pennsylvania College of Technology’s main campus.

The program – Mondays and Tuesdays from Nov. 11 to Dec. 17 – will provide instruction in how to collect blood samples using venipuncture and capillary puncture procedures. The first eight classes (Nov. 11-12, Nov. 18-19, Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-3) are from 6 to 9 p.m.; the final four (Dec. 9-10 and 16-17) will be from 6 to 10 p.m.

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Alumni Corporate Relations Events Faculty & Staff Sports Students

Penn College dedicates UPMC Field, honors corporate partners

Penn College soccer players presented the college’s corporate partners with framed collages recognizing their support of UPMC Field and the enhanced athletic complex. Gathered at midfield for dedication ceremonies are (from left) Morgan Brooks, of Bellefonte; Ramel Newerls, key account manager for Pepsi; Amy Brooks, vice president of sales for Susquehanna Trailways; Tiffany Brown, of Mechanicsburg; Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour, Chris R. McFarland, of Coatesville; Tayla E. Derr, of Selinsgrove; UPMC President Steven Johnson; and Francesca M. Timpone, of Smithtown, N.Y.

As part of Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend activities, Pennsylvania College of Technology celebrated its new synthetic turf field – “UPMC Field” – and a host of other recent enhancements to its athletic complex, including a new entrance gate, press box and scoreboard.

In ceremonies taking place before Wildcat men’s and women’s soccer matches, Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour expressed gratitude for the financial support from M&T Bank (M&T Bank Gate), Pepsi (the Pepsi Press Box), Susquehanna Trailways (the Susquehanna Trailways Scoreboard) and UPMC (the new artificial turf playing surface bearing the hospital system’s name).

“Many of you here today help and empower students through your personal and philanthropic support to earn an applied technology education and develop into successful alumni influencing the communities in which they choose to live and work,” the president said. “Collaborative partnerships transform tomorrow, and it is only fitting that we celebrate and recognize the loyal support of our Wildcat Club members today for the energy they inspire in our coaches and student-athletes.

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Alumni Events Faculty & Staff President Sports Students

‘Wildcat Pride’ abundantly displayed at combined celebration

Brandon R. Weirman (center), a freshman in electrical technology from Audubon, enjoys a photo op with his parents, sister and grandmother.

The fourth annual Homecoming and Parent & Family Weekend (Oct. 4-6) provided another exhaustive opportunity for alumni, current students and families to (re)connect. The celebration opened with Friday’s 40th reunion of the dental hygiene program, a blazing bonfire, Hall of Fame banquet and convivial tent party; continued Saturday with a presidential breakfast, car show, scenic bus excursions, tours of academic labs, a golf tournament, on-campus sporting events, the dedication of UPMC Field and celebration of corporate benefactors, arts and crafts, a 40th anniversary paramedic commemoration and an alumni event at New Trail Brewing Co.; and concluded Sunday with an intrasquad baseball game. And the numbers were as impressive as the activities. More than 400 alumni and guests returned for Homecoming (double the alumni attendance from a year ago) and another 370 families – amounting to nearly 1,000 overall guests – participated in Parent & Family Weekend.

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